John "Jack" G. OldfinJune 3, 1927 ~ December 22, 2017 (age 90)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of beloved husband, father and grandfather John (Jack) Oldfin. Jack passed away on December 22, 2017 at Avow Hospice House in Naples, Florida after a valiant fight with Cancer. Diane, his wife of 30 years and daughter, Megan from Vancouver, British Columbia were by his side. Jack was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 3, 1927 to parents John and Elizabeth (Betty) Oldfin. He attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Vancouver College and the University of British Columbia where he was on the ski team and a founding member of the UBC chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In his early years Jack worked for the Bank of Montreal, CM Oliver & Co. and L. Cochrane where he was an assistant trader on the floor of the Vancouver Stock Exchange. In 1949, Jack joined the Bank of Montreal and in 1960 moved his family to California where he worked for Crocker Bank. He subsequently worked for banks in San Francisco, San Rafael, Lake Tahoe, Santa Rosa and Carmel California. Ultimately Jack and partners formed their own bank of which he was the President and CFO. In the late 1970’s Jack left the banking industry and headed east where he settled in Naples, Florida and met the love of his life and second wife Diane Sharp. This joyful union happily blended their children Megan, Jason & Spencer. Once these two soulmates combined forces, there was no stopping them, with Diane’s interior design talent and Jack business back ground, the two opened Expressions in Design. Later, Diane’s sons Jason and Spencer joined them in the family business adding Expressions Model Furniture Outlet. The two businesses have been the recipients of multiple accolades and awards, much to Jack’s pride the grandest was the Sand Dollar Award for their own home and it’s outdoor remodel. He loved this relaxing space, it was his oasis. Jack and Diane’s home was a social hub. Several times a year they would open their home to friends and family hosting much anticipated events and parties. For many years, the Oldfin’s had a family vacation home on Little Gasparilla Island where they enjoyed the slower pace of Island time and entertaining family and friends. Never ones to slow down, together their love of travel was reflected in the vast array of Countries and Continents they traveled to.
Away from home and work, Jack’s lifetime passion was Golf. Early on, Jack was a member of Marine Drive G & CC. During his years in California, Jack was a member of both Santa Rosa and Green Valley G & CC’s While assigned to Carmel, he played the courses of the Monterey Peninsula including Spyglass Hill and had many enjoyable rounds on Pebble Beach. During his early years in Naples Jack played many fun filled raucous rounds with the Harold’s Group at The Beach Club In recent years, Jack enjoyed the majority of his golf at Hibiscus G.C., here he cemented his belief that the true meaning of golf was the camaraderie forged with his golfing buddies. Wednesday afternoons he would be found building that bond at the “Board Meeting” with the regular crew. A wonderful friend, he had an extensive circle of friends whom he cared about greatly. They may have known him as ‘F.J.”, Sir Duckworth or simply Jack but all will remember him for his witty charm and loving, generous ways. The world will miss this special soul.
Jack is preceded in death by his Mother and Father and brothers Ray, Lorne and Douglas.
He is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Megan (Chris) MacDonald, sons Jason and Spencer Fischl, sister Catherine Savage and leaves in his loving memory seven grandchildren : Jared, Merren, Quinn, Taylor, Trevor, Emily and Zachary, as well as many relatives and close friends. Jack will be deeply missed by many.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00pm, Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at Fuller Funeral Home 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples Florida. Afterwards in the Oldfin tradition there will be a Wake at the family home.